Chimney Cleaning or Chimney Sweep
The main purpose of calling in a professional chimney sweep is to prevent fires in relation to fireplaces, wood stoves and pellet burning appliances. As a chimney sweep we don’t just clean the chimney but also perform a visual inspection to make sure there are no unsafe conditions that can lead to home fires or unsafe air quality in the house.
How often should you have your chimney cleaned?
Well that depends on who you ask, NFPA standard 211 says that you should have the fireplace, chimney and vents inspected once per year cleaning and maintenance if required. We agree with this inspection to make sure that no animals built any nests that would interfere with the proper operation of the chimney. There could also be structure damage that had occurred in the past year that could also make the chimney unsafe.
“Chimney Safety Institute of America” says that if there is a ¼” buildup of soot to clean the chimney or sooner if there is any glaze present in the system. This is considered enough of a fuel source to cause a chimney fire capable of spreading to the home.
Chimney Cleaning Method
Our method of cleaning the chimney and fireplace involves using our powerful truck mounted vacuum trucks that provide both the suction required and the high pressure air that powers the whip and brush systems to clean the chimney back to safe standards.